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Top romantic retreats we're dreaming of visiting
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Top romantic retreats we're dreaming of visiting

Suzie Dalton
By Suzie Dalton - 16 minute read

Paris, France

Arguably the most roman­tic place in the world, we sim­ply had to include Paris in our top roman­tic hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions. Whether you fan­cy a stroll down the Seine, a cosy meal in a Parisian bistro or a trip up the world-famous Eif­fel Tow­er, there are plen­ty of ways to impress in Paris. If you’re look­ing for loads of ideas on the most roman­tic spots in Paris, then this Jet­set­ter arti­cle is burst­ing with great ideas.

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This apart­ment (above) oozes Parisian style and glam­our — mak­ing it the per­fect place for a roman­tic week­end in Paris.

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Venice, Italy

Venice is the per­fect back­drop for a roman­tic get­away. With stun­ning archi­tec­ture, wind­ing canals and qui­et alley­ways, it’s the loveli­est loca­tion for a short week­end away. We love this beau­ti­ful apart­ment that would make the per­fect swap — its exposed beams, stun­ning views and taste­ful décor makes it the ide­al retreat after a long day of explor­ing all that Venice has to offer. There’s a lot to see and do here, so immerse your­self in this fan­tas­tic blog before you go, and draw up the most romat­ic itinerary.

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This roman­tic apart­ment in Venice is tucked away in the side streets, with incred­i­ble city views of San Mar­co and the Cam­panile Bell Tower.

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Bali, Indone­sia

With its tran­quil atmos­phere and idyl­lic land­scapes, Bali makes for an unfor­get­tably roman­tic vaca­tion expe­ri­ence. Explore the island the most authen­tic way by rent­ing a scoot­er and explor­ing the rice fields — and pre­pare to be wowed by panoram­ic views of the most incred­i­bly lush land­scape. The Blonde Abroad blog is full of inspi­ra­tional things to do, as is this blog by Where’s mollie?

We love all of Bali, but many tourists rave about the romance of Ubud, a small town filled with bou­tique stores and inti­mate din­ner spots.

As a rel­a­tive­ly afford­able des­ti­na­tion to vis­it (minus the pricey flights) Bali offers a fan­tas­tic array of acco­mo­da­tion to suit every­one’s needs. We’ve got lots of great options to pick from, includ­ing gor­geous vil­las and ful­ly-catered and staffed complexes!

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In need of a seri­ous­ly roman­tic get­away? Then this ele­gant vil­la in Bule­leng with mag­nif­i­cent views and a pri­vate pool (pic­tured above) may be just the ticket!

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Hawaii, USA

Noth­ing comes clos­er to par­adise than the gor­geous beach­es of Hawaii. From div­ing in the beau­ti­ful blue sea to sim­ply enjoy­ing the trop­i­cal land­scape, Hawaii is sure to be the wel­come break you deserve. Under­stand­ably, Hawaii is often top of every hon­ey­moon­er’s list of dream des­ti­na­tions, so it real­ly is well equipped for a roman­tic retreat! This round-up of roman­tic activ­i­ties on the island (such as attend­ing a Luau, watch­ing the sun­rise from Mount Haleakala and enjoy­ing a sun­set cruise) was orig­i­nal­ly writ­ten for new­ly­weds — but it’s per­fect for all lovebirds!

To top off your trip, make sure you stay somewe­here real­ly love­ly. Our mem­bers have lots of beau­ti­ful homes on the island, so whether you fan­cy being just steps away from the sand, or you fan­cy the excite­ment of the city, you’re sure to enjoy all that Hawaii has to offer.

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Flo­rence, Italy

Home to Renais­sance mas­ter­pieces and archi­tec­ture, Flo­rence is one of the most roman­tic places on earth — and a world-class vaca­tion des­ti­na­tion at any time of year. With pop­u­lar attrac­tions like Michaelangelo’s David, works by Leonar­do da Vin­ci and beau­ti­ful build­ings like the Duo­mo, it’s dif­fi­cult to know where to start.

If you’re look­ing for a roman­tic place to pro­pose — or just a great back­drop for an icon­ic pho­to — then this arti­cle on the Love From Tus­cany web­site has lots of sug­ges­tions. The top idea is stand­ing on the Ponte San­ta Trini­ta, from which you’ll get a mon­ey-can’t-buy view of the world-famous Ponte Vec­chio — though we also like the sug­ges­tion of watch­ing the sun­set over Flo­rence from Piaz­za­le Michelan­ge­lo. Those in the know also head to the rooftop bar at the SE.STO on Arno for an aper­i­ti­vo with a view.

Our mem­bers have lots of roman­tic apart­ments and homes both in the heart of the city, and fur­ther out too. So have fun brows­ing their stun­ning homes, and make sure you’ve got a tran­quil hide­away to return to after a day of sightseeing.

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The Cotswolds, England

If a roman­tic retreat to the Eng­lish coun­try­side is what you’re look­ing for, then the Cotswolds are the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for you. As an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­ur­al Beau­ty (these are regions in the UK that are pro­tect­ed for their sig­nif­i­cant nat­ur­al impor­tance — and they’re there­fore gor­geous!) you’ll find loads of great walk­ing spots, tra­di­tion­al cosy pubs and icon­ic stone cot­tages to cosy up in after a long day of explor­ing. The offi­cial Cotswolds Tourist Infor­ma­tion Site is jam-packed with loads of great ideas on how to fill your days (spoil­er alert — there’s enough to keep you busy for a life­time!) and we love the sim­ple approach that Rober­ta Fac­chi­ni has tak­en with a 2‑day itin­er­ary. If the pho­tos in this blog don’t make you des­per­ate to vis­it the Cotswolds, then noth­ing will!

Our mem­bers have so many gor­geous homes in the region, like this love­ly home in the town of Painswick. You’ll be spoilt for choice when you’re look­ing for a roman­tic retreat.

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If you want to stay in the heart of The Cotswolds, then take a look at this cosy cot­tage in the town of Painswick.

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New York City

New York is always a win­ner, and is one of the most pop­u­lar roman­tic hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions for Valentine’s Day — which is no big sur­prise when you con­sid­er the amaz­ing expe­ri­ences you can have in the Big Apple. For some, the per­fect date will involve a stroll through Cen­tral Park, din­ing at a fine restau­rant, and indulging in some seri­ous retail ther­a­py. For oth­ers, a tru­ly roman­tic expe­ri­ence will include absorb­ing some cul­ture in one of the many muse­ums before catch­ing a show on Broad­way. Time­Out have fea­tured a round-up of their favourite roman­tic expe­ri­ences in NY, and we love this blog that includes lots of free and low-cost suggestions.

To make your trip even more mem­o­rable, retreat back to a gor­geous Love Home Swap prop­er­ty. Whether you’re look­ing for a stun­ning town­house in the heart of Man­hat­tan, or a cosy apart­ment with views to die for, our mem­bers are ready to share their homes with you.

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Greece

The Greek islands are some of the most sought-after des­ti­na­tions for a roman­tic get­away in Europe. With exquis­ite­ly clear waters, dra­mat­ic land­scapes, pic­ture-per­fect towns and the dra­ma of an active vol­cano, they’re high on the must-do list for many travel-lovers.

Although San­tori­ni is tra­di­tion­al­ly renowned as the go to’ for roman­tic get­aways in Greece, there are a host of oth­er amaz­ing islands that each offer unique expe­ri­ences. Conde Nast Trav­eller fea­tures an inter­est­ing arti­cle on their pre­ferred roman­tic escapes, and we love this blog­ger’s insight­ful round-up of her pre­ferred islands that are well-suit­ed to cou­ples. We also love Crete for a huge dose of cul­ture with­out the crowds — and with mass­es of homes avail­able to our mem­bers, you’re bound to find the ide­al hideaway.

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For loads more roman­tic hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions and breath­tak­ing prop­er­ties around the world, head to our homes page and use the fil­ters to select the fea­tures that mat­ter the most to you (if a dish­wash­er is essen­tial to your ide­al roman­tic trip, we’re not judg­ing!) And don’t for­get to share your tips and hints for the best roman­tic loca­tions with our mem­bers on our social media chan­nels. Click here to chat with our friend­ly mem­bers in our Face­book group, or make us jeal­ous with your roman­tic break snaps on our Insta­gram page!